ASHLAND, Ore. -- A Washington state man is facing drug charges after Oregon State Police troopers seized Oxycontin pills worth $660,000 during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Ashland.
Charles Edwards of Tacoma, Wash., was charged with possession, manufacture and delivery of synthetic drugs after troopers stopped a pickup truck driver for speeding Friday morning.
Police said about 8,000 of the pills were hidden inside the truck.
A state police spokesman, Sgt. Steve Mitchell, called it a large-scale seizure for a drug that sells for up to $80 a pill.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website describes Oxycontin as an opiate-based narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS-July 26, 2010
Wash. man faces drug charges after Oxycontin bust